Worst movie: The Devil Inside.
Most pretentious attempt to invest a simple genre movie with profundity: The Grey. Too much philosophizing, not enough wolf-punching.
Most badly squandered high-concept movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Best Blu-ray released in 2012: Jaws. Worth the money for the extras alone.
Further proof Judd Apatow needs a new editor: The endless This is 40 and The Five-Year Engagement.
Best argument for sticking to what you know: Tyler Perry set aside the Madea drag and tried to go the tough guy route in Alex Cross.
Best use of a pop song: Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Come On Eileen in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When you’re young, the right song at the right time can cure any ills.
Most disappointing finish after a promising start: Martin McDonagh’s scabrously funny Seven Psychopaths deflated once the movie took the meta route and tried to turn into Adaptation for gangster pictures.
Biggest botch of excellent source material: Hitchcock, which was supposed to be about the making of Psycho but focused more on the director’s marital woes.
Biggest gross-out: A psychopath, a chicken drumstick and a bloodied Gina Gershon in William Friedkin’s NC-17 Killer Joe.
Best “all bets are off” moment: The elevator doors open in The Cabin in the Woods.
Biggest miscalculation: Going the gooey and sentimental route instead of staying funny in the apocalyptic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
Best 2012 movie that won’t open here until 2013: Michael Haneke’s Amour.
2013 movie I’m anticipating the most: Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.